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Full Name: Amy Jade Winehouse
Born: 14. Sept. 1983.
Birthplace: Southgate, London, England
Education: Southgate School (later moved to Ashmole School)
Sylvia Young Theatre School, London (expelled)
The BRIT School, London
This talented British singer is constantly in focus of media and public not just because her singing qualities. Apart from her singing, she is turning heads because of her eccentric and rowdy behavior, as well as because of her heavy consumption of alcohol and drugs. But it seems that fans and partly critics like her rugged charm, brash sense of humor, and especially soulful and jazzy vocals. Her distinctive style, most notably her former signature beehive hairstyle, has spawned imitators and been the muse for fashion designers, most notably Karl Lagerfeld.
Amy´s (and her husband’s) struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as self-destructive behaviour, have become regular news today. It didn´t past quite a long time from her five Grammy awards and positive rehab results in London to another problem related to her husband(he overdosed and almost died in prison). But how her life and Amy herself looked like before she became a popular singer?
Amy Winehouse was born in the Southgate area of Enfield, London to father Mitchell (he is a taxi driver) and mother Janis (a pharmacist). She was second child in the family having one older brother named Alex. Amy grew up in the suburb of Southgate and attended Southgate School before she moved to Ashmole School.
Already at age ten, Winehouse founded a short-lived rap group called Sweet ‘n’ Sour with childhood friend Juliette Ashby. Beside Ashmole School, she attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School when she was twelve years old but was allegedly expelled at fourteen for “not applying herself” and because of piercing her nose. Obviously she was pretty wild at very young age. Sylvia Young Theatre School is a stage school, in Marylebone, London, which provides a clear focus on performing arts (drama, singing and dancing). With other children from that school she appeared in an episode of The Fast Show in 1997.
After playing with her brother’s guitar, Amy received her first guitar when she was thirteen, and began writing music a year later. It was around this time that she dropped out of school, and for the first time started experimenting with drugs. She began working soon after, including as a “showbiz journalist” for the World Entertainment News Network in addition to singing with a jazz band. She also attended another performing arts school that helped her to make career: the BRIT School in Selhurst, Croydon. The BRIT School is the only one of its kind dedicated to education and vocational training for the performing arts, media, art and design that make performance possible. This school recognises that most of its students intend to make a career in the arts, entertainment and communications industries, and because of that it has its own professional theatre, The Obie Theatre, which can seat audiences of up to 700 people. There are also various dance studios, musical theatre studios and TV and radio studios.
Soon Amy caught her first break when pop singer Tyler James, her schoolmate and close friend, passed on her demo tape to his A&R, who was searching for a jazz vocalist. That opportunity led to her recording contract with Island Records. By the end of 2003, when she was 20 years old, Island had released her debut album, «Frank». With contributions from hip-hop producer and keyboardist Salaam Remi, Winehouse’s amalgam of jazz, pop, soul, and hip-hop received rave reviews. The album was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Music Prize as well as two Brit awards, and its lead single, “Stronger Than Me,” won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song. Because of great critics, her debut album became popular worldwide pretty soon, and Amy`s international success was guaranteed.
Sylvia Young Theatre School
The BRIT School
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